Photo: Bog Beaver

Friday, June 15, 2018

Photo by Martin De Grazia

This is a very good shot of a North American Beaver who lives at Ronald Bog. They are primarily nocturnal, which is why it is challenging to get photos of them. There have been beavers at Ronald Bog and Twin Ponds for decades.

Generally they live peacefully with their human neighbors. Because their teeth never stop growing, they have a constant need to gnaw on wood, whether they need to build a dam or not.

That has created problems with the native plant gardeners who have worked long hours on cleaning up the vegetation around Ronald Bog. The beavers chewed down all the new saplings.

Finally the volunteers and parks staff built fences around the trees.



Anonymous,  June 15, 2018 at 2:12 PM  

Park staff has known about the beaver for years. Why didn't they protect the saplings? How short sighted and disappointing. Imagine how the volunteers must feel.

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